House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said former President Donald Trump could be considered an accessory to murder in connection with this month’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
In an interview with MSNBC that aired Tuesday night, Pelosi accused Trump of inciting and inspiring the violent insurrection on Jan. 6 that left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Another police officer involved in the Capitol’s defense died while off duty in the days following the attack, officials said.
“President’s words are important, they weigh a ton,” Pelosi said of Trump, who repeatedly made false claims about election fraud and urged his followers to “fight” shortly before they attacked the Capitol. “And if you’re Donald Trump talking to these people, they believe it and they used his words to come here.”
The California Democrat added that if it were proven that some members of Congress collaborated with the group that stormed the Capitol, they ‒ as well as Trump ‒ would be accessories to crimes committed during the siege.
“When we talk about, ‘Did any of our colleagues collaborate?’ Well, that remains to be seen,” she said. “We have to get the evidence of that. And if they did, they would be accessory to the crime. And the crime, in some cases, was murder. And this president is an accessory to that crime because he instigated that insurrection that caused those deaths and this destruction.”